Storytime Theme: Jack-O-Lanterns

This is one of my favorite weeks of the year because we always have a costume parade for the kids!  They come in the cutest outfits and their little faces just light up looking at what everyone is wearing!  As a bonus, we have trick or treat stations (staffed by employees in costumes) where they can stop for a treat.  The patrons love seeing the kids walking around chanting “HAPPY HALLOWEEN!”

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This year I was a puppy!

Books:

  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin  by Jeanne Titherington  (Very simple explanation of how a pumpkin comes from a seed.)
  • The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin  by Margaret Wise Brown (This is a fun read that also shows how a pumpkin changes and grows.)
  • The Bumpy Little Pumpkin by Margery Cuyler  (This is a redemptive story that demonstrates how you can see the potential in others—even if they are atypical!)

Activity

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Pumpkin Exploration:  We gutted a real pumpkin!  I cut it open, but they pulled out the pulp while checking out the seeds, feeling the slimy and sticky innards, and seeing how a real pumpkin smells.  *Almost* everyone put their hand inside.  You always have a few kids who don’t care for getting messy.  I carved in a face and we put it outside for display!

Songs/Fingerplays:                                                                                                      

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